How to track page views in GA4?

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by elliott , in category: SEO Tools , 4 months ago

How to track page views in GA4?

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by chasity.halvorson , 4 months ago

@elliott 

To track page views in GA4 (Google Analytics 4), you need to set up and configure the GA4 property and implement the GA4 pageview event.


Here's a step-by-step guide on how to track page views in GA4:


Step 1: Create a GA4 property

  • Sign in to your Google Analytics account.
  • Create a new GA4 property by clicking on "Admin" in the bottom-left corner.
  • Select "Create Property" and provide a name for your property.
  • Choose the appropriate data stream (web, app, or both) and configure the necessary settings.
  • Click on "Create" to complete the property setup.


Step 2: Implement the gtag.js library

  • In your website's code, add the gtag.js library snippet before the closing tag of your HTML.
  • The snippet should resemble the following:
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<script async src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=YOUR_MEASUREMENT_ID"></script>
<script>
  window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
  function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
  gtag('js', new Date());

  gtag('config', 'YOUR_MEASUREMENT_ID');
</script>


(Note: Replace YOUR_MEASUREMENT_ID with your GA4 measurement ID, which can be found in the GA4 property settings.)


Step 3: Set up pageview event

  • While still in your website's code, you can use the gtag function to explicitly send pageview events.
  • You can specify the page_path parameter to indicate the URL or path of the page being tracked.
  • Here's an example of how to send a pageview event:
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<script>
  gtag('event', 'page_view', {
    'page_path': '/example-page'
  });
</script>


(Replace /example-page with the appropriate page URL or path you want to track.)


Step 4: Verify pageview tracking

  • Save the changes to your website's code and publish them.
  • Navigate to your website and perform various page visits.
  • Wait for a few hours or days to allow the data to be processed and reflected in your GA4 property.
  • To verify if the pageview events are being tracked, log in to your GA4 account, go to the "Reports" section, and explore the relevant reports under "Realtime" or "Explore" sections.


That's it! You have successfully set up pageview tracking in GA4. Remember to customize and extend tracking based on your specific requirements by referring to the GA4 documentation.